The United States, in their first game since scandalously failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup out of CONCACAF, has sent a mostly young and inexperienced side to face Portugal in this international window. The youth movement is by design, as the USMNT has nothing to play for any time soon. As such, a lineup with several teenagers and several under-23s is in place for what will probably be the first of many experimental lineups.
Location: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa (Leiria, Portugal)
Kickoff time: 3:30pm Eastern
USMNT starting 11:
Bench: Bill Hamid, Jesse Gonzalez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafaña, Alejandro Bedoya, Lynden Gooch, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer
I’m not actually sure what this is. Is it a 442 diamond, with Tyler Adams as a purely destructive #10? Is it a flat 442, with Adams and Kellyn Acosta as “wide” players? Is it a 4141, with Adams wide right and either Juan Agudelo or CJ Sapong wide left?
Anyway, Dave Sarachan chose Ethan Horvath over Bill Hamid, so we’re already off to a bad start. If you’re wondering where Josh Sargent is, the 17 year old has apparently picked up a quad strain.
Portugal starting 11:
Available TV: Fox Sports 1, UniMas, RTP Internacional
Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Univision Deportes app, Univision Now
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
What are you drinking?: Coffee. Gotta fight off that mid-afternoon lull.
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